From Tracie: She Helped Me Become the Woman I Am Today

Friday, April 29, 2011

She Helped Me Become the Woman I Am Today

I was a teenager when I met Polly. She was my friend's mom, but we quickly became close. There was a time when I wasn't able to go to school because of a medical issue, and I spent most of my days at home alone. It was a very depressing time in my life. She started picking me up each Wednesday morning to go with her to Bible study.

That Bible study was one of the best things I have been involved in. It was a large group of women, ranging from young moms to grandmothers. They could have written me off as just a kid, (I was only 15) but instead they treated me like a peer. They all opened their hearts to me and accepted me into the group. I learned so much from those women during the two years I studied with them - about the Bible, and life, and marriage, and motherhood and being a woman.

Polly and I stayed close. She recommended books for me to read and encouraged me. She wrote letters of recommendation for me when I wanted to attend a summer study program, and later when I was interviewing for a job.

I got married and became a mom. She answered many of my scared, first-time mom questions, with a lot of encouragement and patience. She prayed with me and for me.

I am so thankful for Polly, and I could never begin to repay her for all of the things she taught me and ways she touched my life. She helped me become the woman I am today and I hope that one day I will be a "Polly" to someone else in my life.

Do you have a special woman in your life who has helped  or inspired you? 

The Clever Girls wanted me to tell you about a woman who helped me, because with Mother's Day coming up, you have a chance to give a gift to your mother (or any special woman in your life, if you have your own "Polly", or a sister, or best friend) and at the same time help families in Haiti whose lives were changed by the 2010 earthquake. 
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  1. She sounds awesome, Tracie. I've had a couple women in my life that helped make me a better person, and I will hold them in heart forever. I can't talk about them here, but they made a huge difference in my life.

  2. What a precious gift Polly was to you! I hope I can be that in some one's life!

  3. Polly sounds like an amazing woman in your life. Yay Polly!!

  4. Tracie,

    SHe sounds like a really special woman and role model. I'm so glad she came into your life at such an important time!


  5. What a blessing she was in your life. I'm sure you are taking that love and sharing it with others.

  6. Polly sounds amazing! She really knew how to reach out and show you love.

  7. What an awesome post. So glad you have Polly in your life!

  8. Beautiful story. My grandmother was my Polly. Thank you for making me think of her today.

  9. She sounds like a fabulous woman!

  10. And Polly's daughters are lovely, too! :)

  11. @Jenny! They absolutely are!!! I <3 that whole family. =)
    (and you!)

  12. TOTALLY. I can attest to that!!
    Beautiful to read and remember. I channel her generosity and kindness often.


    God does bless us with special people who lead us to Him.